Blue Mountains Festivals and Events

Your Guide to Events & Festivals in the Blue Mountains

To help you plan your trip to the Blue Mountains we have listed festivals and events throughout the year.

To add a Blue Mountains Event or Festival please email admin@bookbluemountains.com.au

 

Leura Shakespeare Festival

The Leura Shakespeare Festival

13-28 January 2018

Sport for Jove Theatre Company present an outdoor theatre festival at the Everglades Gardens in Leura. See productions of Meassure For Measure and The Servant of Two Masters in the beautiful setting of the Everglades Garden Theatre.

Wines of the West Festival, Katoomba

Wines of the West Festival - Katoomba

Sat 27 & Sun 28 January 2018

Enjoy wine tasting, cellar door sales, regional produce, entertainment and meet the makers of award-winning wines at the Wines of the West Festival in Katoomba at the Carrington Hotel.

Where: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba
When: 11am - 5pm
Cost: $12 per person

All that Jazz Festival Blue Mountains

Roaring 20s & All That Jazz Festival

2-25 February 2018

Join in the Blue Mountain's celebration of the the Roaring 20's. The festival cebrates the 1920s era and features high teas, music, a Charleston Challenge, concerts, an Art Deco ball and much more.

Check the festival website for all events at various venues throughout the mountains.

Jazz in the Garden, Norman Lindsay Gallery

24 February 2018

Jazz in the garden is an annual event held at the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Faulconbrige in the Blue Mountains.

Music by Galapogos Duck. Gates open 4pm.

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum is located at 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Gallery website.

Blue Mountains Edible Garden Festival

Edible Garden Festival & Trail

Sat 3 - Sun 4 March 2018

Backyard growers from Lapstone to Hartley will open their fruit and veg gardens, sharing their passion and methods to inspire food growing both large and small scale. From 10am-4pm each day, entry is $25 adult, $20 concession, children under 15 free.   

Blue Mountains Music Festival - Katoomba Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Music Festival - Katoomba

16, 17 & 18 March 2018

This is an annual event featuring talented local and international performers.

Scenic World Sculpture Exhibition Katoomba Blue Mountains

Sculpture at Scenic World, Katoomba

13 April - 13 May 2018

Don't miss the seventh exhibition of sculptures at Scenic World. Sculptors will display their work in the Jurassic Valley at Scenic World in Katoomba. 

It's a great day out for the whole family.

Ironfest 2018 - Lithgow

21 & 22 April 2018

Lithgow's Ironfest is 'an Arts Festival with a metal edge' - a celebration of working and playing with metal. Ironfest brings together artists, designer/makers, blacksmiths, performers, musicians and historical re-enactors from all around the world! The festival is held at Lithgow Showground.

Varuna Blue Mountains Writers Festival

Varuna & Sydney Writers' Festival - Blue Mountains Program

27-30 April 2018

The 2018 Varuna Blue Mountains program of the Sydney Writers’ Festival boasts a stellar line-up of some of the best Australian and international writers. Set in a spectacular location and a particularly feel-good atmosphere, it’s a Festival experience that’s hard to beat. All program details and tickets are released on 16 March 2018.

Springwood Foundation Day

Saturday 28 April 2018

Macquarie Road, Springwood. Join the fun at this festival to celebrate the spirit of Springwood in 2018! Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, street performers and amusement rides. Time: 9am – 4pm. FREE Entry.

Leura Harvest Festival

Sunday, 6 May 2018

The fifth Leura Harvest Festival will showcase fresh, regional and sustainable produce. Come along to enjoy sustainable, organic and locally grown food and produce stalls. There will be a chocolate cake competition, a pet chook show, a scarecrow competition, regional wine and beer tastings.

Wine & Jazz Festival - Norman Lindsay Gallery

Sat 26 May 2018

The Norman Lindsay Gallery is the perfect showcase for the Mountains in late autumn when the annual Wine and Jazz Festival will be held in the grounds. This National Trust property creates ambience and atmosphere to enjoy incredible live jazz and fine quality wines. Galapagos Duck will perform the live jazz whilst Australian wineries will showcase the best of the best wines for tasting and purchase. Time: 12 noon (gates open 11am), Entry: TBA, Telephone: 02-4751-1067, Norman Lindsay Gallery, 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge.

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Saturday, 23 June 2018

When your feet touch the platform at Katoomba Station you'll hear it. As you walk up the steps that lead to Katoomba Street you'll see and feel it. In a moment you're part of the Blue Mountains biggest annual event, the Winter Magic Festival. Sitting atop the ancient mountain ridges of a World Heritage National Park is the idyllic location of Australia's largest community festival.

Daffodil Festival at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

24 August - 2 September 2018

The Gardens will be transformed by a sea of golden hues as plantings of daffodils bloom. There will be many varieties of cut flowers in the Visitor Centre with cut flowers and potted daffodils for sale. Book in for a guided daffodil walk or our bulb growing workshop - a small fee applies.

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Sat 1-Sun 2 September 2018

On 1 and 2 September, between 10am-4pm, a number of art studios from Glenbrook to Faulconbridge will be open to the public for the Arts Trail.

The Arts Trail is a series of free events giving you the opportunity to meet artists in their studios. See first-hand the environment, tools and materials needed to make works of art. While the art will be for sale there is no obligation to buy. It is a chance to talk to the artists and find out what the art is about, or simply just take in the atmosphere. Many of the artists will do commission pieces for you. Set your own pace for a leisurely and inspirational weekend. You can plan your weekend by going to the website where you can read about the artists and use the online map to guide you.

Daffodils at Rydal

Daffodils at Rydal

8/9 & 15/16 September 2018

Every year in September, the village of Rydal celebrates the arrival of Spring by opening local gardens and village attractions to the public. Thousands of daffodils are blooming!

Gardens are open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. A $10 entry fee covers all gardens.

Garden Festival Hazelbrook & Woodford Blue Mountains

Mid Mountains Garden Festival

8-9 & 15-16 September 2018

The annual Hazelbrook, Woodford and Linden garden festival takes place over two weekends in September. Gardens will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on each of those weekends. Entry is $5 each garden visit or all gardens for $25 ($20 concession). Children under 16 free if with a adult. Tickets can be purchased from all gardens or from 20 Mile Hollow Cafe.

Festival of Children's Literature, Faulconbridge

15 & 16 September 2018 - 10am-3.30pm

The much loved and revitalised Festival of Children’s Literature returns to the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge this September 15 and 16. Join us to enjoy talks from some of the country’s favourite authors and illustrators. Featured speakers will include Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman, Libby Gleeson, Jacqueline Harvey, Matt Cosgrove, Mardi McConnochie, Deborah Abela and Emily Rodda and many more! There will be free entertainment and a variety of market stalls. Food will be available and all are welcome to bring along a picnic rug and enjoy the tranquil surrounds of the Gallery. The 2018 Festival of Children’s Literature will also mark the 100th anniversary of The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay. Free entry to the Gallery is included with the ticket price and there will be a special display of illustrations from the book as well as a staged reading to delight people of all ages.

Watatah Festival Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Wild about Waratahs Festival, Mt Tomah

22 September- 1 October 2018

Visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah for the Wild About Waratahs Festival. The festival features the waratah bloom competition, guided garden tours, visits to a waratah farm open day, a workshop, plant sales and more. Open 9.30am - 5.30pm.

More information available by phoning 02-4567-3000.

Leura Gardens Festival

Leura Gardens Festival

29 September-1 October 2018 & 5-7 October 2018

The Leura Gardens Festival this year invites you to join us in experiencing the magic of spring in the beautiful Upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

This is a highlight on the Blue Mountains calendar of events. Don't miss it!

Leura Village Fair

Leura Village Fair

6 & 7 October 2018

Visit Leura Mall for this annual event. The Leura Mall comes alive with market stalls, art displays, live entertainment, fine food and coffee. See the beautiful cherry blossoms lining the centre of the Mall.

Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm.

Back to Hartley Produce Market & Family Fair

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Explore colonial buildings at Hartley Historic Site including Talisman Gallery, convict cells and courthouse, listen to live music, browse the art, craft and local produce stalls, pony rides, snake show.

Where: Hartley Historic Site, Old Bathurst Rd (off the Great Western Hwy), Hartley, 9am-4pm, Entry $5 per car.

Telephone: 02 6355 2117

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

Sat 3 November 2018

The highlights of the festival include:

  • Grand Parade - 11.30am
  • Street stalls selling delicious food and drinks, jewellery, plants and much more, 9am-4.30pm
  • Campbell Rhododendron Gardens open every day

Glenbrook Spring Festival

Saturday 10 November 2018

Street markets, local art and craft, music. Join in the fun, food and entertainment. From 9am-3pm with free entry.

Mid Mountains Festival, Lawson

17 November 2018

A fun family-focused event bringing people together to celebrate and showcase local performers, children’s activities, craft groups and cultural exhibitions from the Blue Mountains.
Time: 10am – 3pm. FREE Entry.